Eighty-two years ago, Van Gorders’ Furniture began business as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange in the massive four-story building that still houses its flagship showroom. Today, that historic structure has entered its 150th year of service to Honesdale and the surrounding region.
Originally the National Hotel, the building still stands at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets. As reported by Gloria McCullough (Wayne County Historical Society) in the Wayne Independent, the large brick structure was originally erected in 1868 by William Weaver.
“The building was one of the largest single buildings constructed in Honesdale in the time period,” McCullough wrote. “An opera house with a large stage and two dressing rooms on either side occupied the second floor. The property included a brick barn that could accommodate 110 horses.”
Today, the former hotel is filled with the finest American-made rustic and classic home furnishings, as well as flooring products and Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster mattresses.
From providing lodging to becoming the premiere showcase for top quality home furnishings, the former National Hotel — Van Gorders’ flagship showroom — is still making history.
Enter to Win
To celebrate the building’s 150th Anniversary, Van Gorders’ Furniture will award a gift certificate valued at $150 to a lucky winner to be chosen at random through a contest hosted on our Facebook page.
Earn a chance to win by simply “liking” or commenting on our Friday, March 23rd post. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 28th. Deadline to enter is midnight on Tuesday, March 27th.
Stop by for a Power Browse
We invite you to stop by our Honesdale showroom for a look at the living history of the building that has served our region for 150 years.
These beautiful pieces are finely constructed by Amish craftsmen in Pennsylvania.
Truly, you can have it YOUR way! Choose your favorite wood species, finish and hardware to fit your preferences.
Our courteous staff are ready to help you choose the color, style, and size that fits your personal style and your living space. Most of our staff have been with our family owned business for many years. So when you ask a question, you will receive a knowledgeable answer.
Contact Van Gorders’ Furniture to learn more. Or, visit one of our big furniture showrooms for a power browse. You’ll find a unique selection of classic and rustic styles for every room of your home.
Watch our own Scott Mosher demonstrate how it works.
Expandable Dining Room Tables
Have some last minute additions to your guest list? An expandable dining room table can add flexibility to your holiday gatherings.
Butterfly leaves are great for smaller spaces. The removable centerpiece can be placed at any time to accommodate a large group at your dining room table.
Drop leaf dining room tables feature end pieces that can be folded down to save space, or up to add more place settings.
Storage leaf tables help to protect your table leaves when not in use.
If you really want to make things easy, try this solid oak model by TEI. Once again, Scott will show you how it works.
When things quiet down and it’s time to watch your favorite holiday movie, there’s nothing like a comfy reclining sofa to help you relax. But if you think reclining sofas are made for man caves, think again!
At Van Gorders’ Furniture, we carry this stylish power reclining sofa by La-Z-Boy. It makes it easy to kick back while maintaining your home’s aesthetic.
Each showroom is conveniently located near local attractions and special events that make great day trips.
So, plan a visit to one of our unique furniture showrooms around any of these interesting events and exhibits!
Enjoy the Hawley Harvest Hoedown Near our Lake Wallenpaupack Furniture Showroom
Listen to some bluegrass and peep the crisp colors of autumn leaves during the Hawley Harvest Hoedown on Saturday, October 14. This free, popular event features games, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, and more on the main and side streets of Hawley, PA beginning at 10:00 AM.
The headliner for the evening bluegrass and folk Concert at the Ritz Company Playhouse is Driftwood, from Binghamton, New York, a bluegrass fusion band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk-art mind. Why not swing into our Lake Wallenpaupack furniture showroom while swinging your partner at the Hoedown!
Visit the Paper Caves Near our Honesdale PA Furniture Showroom
Artist Samuelle Green has created an amazing large scale sculptural installation called The Paper Caves, which is open every Saturday, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, now through November 2017, at Basin and Main, in Honesdale PA.
This unique exhibit is something you don’t want to miss! And, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from our four-floor historic flagship store at the corner of Church and 6th Streets.
Catch the Black Bear Film Festival Near our Milford, PA Furniture Showroom
Every year, independent film lovers flock to the quaint village of Milford, PA to catch an eclectic selection of movies in an historic setting at the Black Bear Film Festival. This year’s festival is happening from October 20 – 22, at The Milford Theater, at 114 E Catharine Street.
Check out the schedule at the festival’s website, and stop by to see us at 321 Water Street (Route 2001) while you’re in town. Maybe even grab some lunch at the Waterwheel Café, just down the road from us!
Summer is sizzling with a great selection of free live music events in our area — a few of them happen in and around our welcoming rustic showrooms. What better way to enjoy a relaxing power browse or take advantage of our ongoing sales? Stop by to enjoy the music and the savings!
Americana and 60s Rock
Don’t miss Little Sparrow playing Americana, 60s rock, bluegrass, country and jazz at our Milford showroom during the annual Milford Music Festival.
Saturday, June 24
1 to 4 pm
321 Water Street (Route 2001)
Little Sparrow has been performing in the Upper Delaware River region since 2008. The band is comprised of Aldo Troiani on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Carol Smith on guitar and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. They recently added Jay Ganz on Peal Steel guitar; Van Manakas on fiddle and guitar; and Mike Cervone on drums.
Homegrown Music and Arts
Enjoy a delightful day of live music and crafts just down the street from our Honesdale showroom.
Roots & Rhythm Festival
Saturday, June 17
1:30 to 9:00 pm
“As a local business in Pike and Wayne counties,” said Scott Van Gorder, “we value the importance of Black Bear and other cultural institutions. The festival, its patrons and its sponsors are good for our business and good for our communities.”
Now in its 18th year, The Black Bear Film Festival is held every fall in Pike County, PA. Its mission is to support and promote innovative, independent films.
Guests at the reception in our Milford furniture showroom enjoyed wine, cheese, coffee, and treats as BBFF’s Bob Keiber previewed some of the film festival’s 2017 initiatives. He highlighted the return of BBFF’s Schools Partnership Initiative, which was launched last year with more than 12 student films showcased during festival weekend.
Black Bear Film Festival 2017
Leading up to the 2017 film festival, slated for October 20 through 22 in Milford, BBFF will provide films, events, workshops and programs throughout the year.
“We’ll always remain focused on the October festival weekend,” said Keiber, “but as we form partnerships with regional schools, merchants, and other community organizations, we all see the benefits of making Black Bear a year-round part of the community fabric.”
The Patrons Den membership club was launched last year by Barbara Buchanan and BBFF Board Member Will Voelkel as a means of welcoming festival patrons into a members’ club with benefits including previews, passes, special events and discounts.
Autumn is a great time to tour the small towns of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains along the scenic Upper Delaware River where our three big showrooms are located:
Milford, 321 Water Street
Honesdale, Church and 6th Streets
Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 6
Visit us in Milford, PA for Fall Fun!
Our newest showroom in Milford, PA is filled with the finest selection of classic and rustic brand furnishings for every room of your home. Plus, we’re having a storewide sale during Columbus Day weekend!
As if that’s not enough, you can also say hi to the newest addition to our Milford team: Tube Dude. He’s always ready to welcome you with a smile!
Milford is quite a bustling little town, with lots of festivals and events during every season. So, you can always plan a day trip to the village and visit us on your travels. Here are a few autumn events to consider…
Black Bear Film Festival
The Black Bear Film Festival is like Hollywood on the Delaware. It recognizes Milford’s rich heritage as a filmmaking location — back in the days of silent movies Zane Grey, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and John Barrymore visited the town while shooting on location.
This year, from October 14 through 16, Milford will turn into a modern film lover’s dream. The festival will feature three days of independent movies to entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate the art of filmmaking.
Most movies are screened in the historic Milford Theatre. You might even catch a glimpse of some celebrity guests! There is also a free Film Salon and selections appropriate for children.
Toast to Milford
On Saturday, October 22 you can taste, toast and tour your way around beautiful Milford, PA during a Toast to Milford. Businesses throughout town will offer complimentary tastings of craft beers, cuisine, cocktails, coffee, sweet treats, teas, olive oils and more. You’ll experience all that Milford has to offer!
Be sure to stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture from 1:00 to 4:00 pm that day to enjoy wine and light snacks in our Milford, PA showroom.